February 22, 20171st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceNBYCOKERMBB
FG Percentage.500 (39-78) .515 (34-66)
3P FG Percentage.476 (20-42) .444 (12-27)
FT Percentage.462 (6-13) .600 (12-20)
Offensive Rebounds1411
Defensive Rebounds2728
Total Rebounds4139
Bench Points5330
PointsD.J. Copeland - 20
JaQuez Motley - 23
ReboundsTEAM - 8
Nathan Lemke - 11
AssistsD.J. Copeland - 4
Jalal Abdul-Azeez - 5
StealsJames Stepp - 1
Sikander Nielsen - 1
Lamell Washington - 1
Quaman Burton - 1
Gerald Evans - 1
LaDarius Williams - 2
BlocksNathan Lemke - 5
Three-Point Shooting Leads Wolves Past Cobras

Three-Point Shooting Leads Wolves Past Cobras
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | by Bryan Eckelberg, Athletic Communications Assistant

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Newberry men’s basketball team shot 50.0 percent from the floor, as the Wolves pulled away from Coker for a 104-92 victory Wednesday night at the DeLoach Center.

D.J. Copeland led Newberry (17-10, 12-9 SAC) with 20 points, 15 of which came in the second half. Marshall Lange scored 18 points and Mason Spease chipped in 12. Gerald Evans and Lange pulled down five rebounds apiece.

Newberry’s 20 made three-point field goals ties a season-high. The Wolves shot 47.6 percent from beyond the arc in the contest.

Both teams traded baskets early before Coker (8-19, 5-16 SAC) led at the first media timeout, 18-12. It would prove to be the Coker’s largest lead of the contest. Newberry answered with an 8-0 run to lead 20-18 with 13:41 remaining in the first half.

The score was deadlocked at 30-30 when the Wolves used an 8-1 run to propel them to a 38-31 advantage. The Cobras closed the final minute of the first half on a 7-2 run to tie the game at 52-52.

Spease and Lange led Newberry with 12 points apiece at halftime. The Wolves were 14-for-24 (58.3 percent) from deep in the first half.

The teams once again traded buckets to begin the second half. Jake Barrett gave Coker a 59-58 edge, but Lamell Washington’s three on the next possession gave Newberry the lead for good. The Wolves slowly started to pull away from the Cobras.

Newberry led 73-66 after quick scores by Sikander Nielsen and Copeland. Coker attempted one final push, tying the game at 73-73 halfway through the second half. The Wolves answered with a 7-0 run, capped off by a Copeland three-point basket.

Copeland and Stepp knocked down threes on back-to-back possessions to essentially seal the game for Newberry with under four minutes remaining. The Wolves led by a game-high 14 points with 0:56 to play.

Newberry shot an even 50.0 percent (39-for-78) from the field and scored 53 points off the bench. The Wolves were an uncharacteristic 46.2 percent (6-for-13) from the free-throw line. Newberry also held a slight edge in rebounding, 41-39.

JaQuez Motley led all scorers with 23 points. Nathan Lemke scored 16 points and recorded 11 rebounds.

Newberry will wrap-up the regular season Saturday against Brevard (2-25, 0-21 SAC). Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. from Eleazer Arena. The Wolves bested the Tornados 85-67 on Jan. 14.